Maine Chinese Language Conference Held in Orono 

Educators, parents and students were at the University of Maine Friday to learn the importance of chinese language and culture in our state.Folks attended the 2nd Maine Chinese Language Conference to work toward building a stronger partnership with China through education. It’s a follow-up to a Chinese Language Conference held in 2007.Jing Zhang is the President of the Bangor Chinese School and organized the event. Zhang says this partnership is important for our education system because children are the future.Zhang, Organizer and Pres., Bangor Chinese School: “They are all actual teachers to our kids and it’s through them what they learn from this conference they can spread the news, the good news, to all our kids no matter where they are.”Reutershan, Maine Dept. of Education: “Participants will get a better understanding of the need for chinese language, the need for chinese culture, the need to educate our students beyond our boundaries.” Don Reutershan says about 20 Maine schools currently offer chinese language courses, which is double the amount since the first conference in 2007.